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SPSP Experts: Insight into Social Psychology

What is social psychology? What are its major themes? How does social psychology relate to the world today?

This series*, featuring prominent scholars in the field, serves as an introduction to major areas of social psychology and poses questions relevant to the world today.

Introduction to Social Psychology
Social Thinking
Social Influence  
Social Relations
Applications
Why We Love Social Psychology

*Created in collaboration with NCSU’s Distance Education program
The views and opinions expressed in these videos do not necessarily reflect those held by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.

Introduction to Social Psychology
 

Dr. Brenda Major
University of California, Santa Barbara

   

 What is social psychology?
 What are social psychology’s big ideas?
 How do we do social psychology?
 What’s the future of social psychology?

 
Social Thinking

Dr. Richard Petty
The Ohio State University

 How is it that we can see the world so differently from one another?
 Is it possible to change people’s minds on certain topics
 How has technology influenced the study of attitudes?

 

Social Influence
 

Dr. Jack Dovidio
Yale University

   

 What mechanisms of influence are social psychologists currently focusing on?
 How do we unknowingly influence others?
 How can leadership be influenced?

 
Social Relations

Dr. Don Forsyth
Richmond University

 Why does it seem harder than ever to bridge gaps between groups?
 What role does prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination play in intergroup relations?
 How can social psychology inform policies and practices that help reduce prejudices?

 

Applications
 

Dr. Buju Daspgupta
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

   

 What is social psychology?
 What are social psychology’s big ideas?
 How do we do social psychology?
 What’s the future of social psychology?

 
Why We Love Social Psychology

Our experts share what drew them to social psychology, what they love about it, and why they're still in it!